BATMAN EARTH -32 & GREEN LANTERN HAL JORDAN
DC MULTIVERSE (MCFARLANE)
“Hal Jordan’s life was changed twice by crashing aircraft. The first time was when he witnessed the death of his father, pilot Martin Jordan. The second was when, as an adult and trained pilot himself, he was summoned to the crashed wreckage of a spaceship belonging to Abin Sur. Abin explained that he was a member of the Green Lantern Corps, an organization of beings from across the cosmos, armed with power rings fueled by the green energy of all the willpower in the universe. Upon his death, Abin entrusted his ring and duties as the Green Lantern of Earth’s space sector to Hal Jordan.
In DC’s Dark Multiverse, on Earth -32, the green light of will has twisted an angry Bruce Wayne into something very dark and sinister. After the murder of his parents in Crime Alley, young Bruce is gifted with a Green Lantern ring, which allows him to fly and to generate deadly hard-light energy constructs. With no Alfred Pennyworth™ to guide him, he soon swallows his fear and pain and lets the void that remains corrupt him and the ring, unleashing a wave of darkness across his world, and now ours, as The Dawnbreaker.”
Hoo boy, it sure has been a lot of Marvel-centric Hasbro reviews around here lately. I’m gonna be honest, that’s burning me out ever so slightly, so I’m voting to mix things up just a tad this week. Don’t get too excited, though, because that doesn’t mean it’s all butterflies and rainbows. No, in fact, I’m jumping over to the McFarlane side of things. Oh boy, won’t that be fun and thrilling? Well, this one’s at least half not-Batman. So, there’s that, right? Sure. Without further ado, here’s some Green Lantern stuff, with a bit of Batman mixed in!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Batman of Earth -32 and Green Lantern Hal Jordan are the second DC Multiverse two-pack of 2021, hitting retail last fall. They’re based on Dark Knights Metal, and follows up on the Superman vs Devastator and Flash vs Red Death packs previously released from the same cross-over. Dawnbreaker is identical to his single release from 2020, for better or for worse, while Hal is a new release to this pack.
GREEN LANTERN HAL JORDAN
We’ve gotten one of Earth’s other Green Lanterns from McFarlane already (twice over, in fact, since there were both Comic and Animated versions of John produced), we hadn’t yet gotten Hal Jordan. Instead, he’s exclusively available in a two-pack with a figure that you inevitably already bought when it was released as a single, over a year before the two-pack was released. But I’m not bitter about that or anything. The figure whose release scheme I’m not at all bitter about stands 7 1/4 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. From the neck down, this figure’s sculpt is the same as the John Stewart figure. I was less than enthused by the sculpt when it was used for John. I’m still not incredibly enthused by it here. It’s still over-designed, which is a real bummer when it comes to a GL design. As I brought up the last time I discussed the mold, it was clearly designed with both uses in mind from the start, so there are elements of both costume designs worked it. The John costume elements are a bit less of an issue on Hal’s costume, generally, so it works a *little* bit better, but it’s still really cluttered. The one new piece to the sculpt is the head, which is admittedly a much better offering than the one we got for John. It’s actually kind of a decent rendition of Hal, and probably one of McFarlane’s best human heads, so that’s certainly an accomplishment. Hal’s paint work is alright; the colors match those used for John, which is at least consistent, I suppose. I still think the green is maybe a bit too dark, but at least there’s more of it to sort of offset that this time. At least the application is pretty clean. Hal is packed with two construct pieces, a boxing glove and a jetpack, as well as a large construct stand meant for both Hal and Dawnbreaker. After the kind of uninspired minigun piece from John, it’s actually really refreshing to get the boxing glove construct, which not only actually clips over his whole hand, but also is just appropriately true to the character. The jetpack isn’t quite as much his speed, but it’s still a little more inventive, as is the larger display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I do like GL-related stuff, and had generally found the early McFarlane stuff lacking in that regard. The John Stewart really let me down, I won’t lie. And, while I liked Dawnbreaker decently the first time around, I’m also not super enthused about having to buy him a second time around to get Hal. I mean, Hal’s a decent figure and all, and certainly a better figure than John, but saddling him with a complete re-pack just generally sucks. Additionally, as nice as he his, he’s at best a lateral move from the DC Essentials figure, much like Superman and Nightwing were. Honestly, I kind of wish Hal and John were reversed in terms of quality, because I don’t really *need* another decent Hal figure, but I’m still waiting on an okay John. Well, at least Hal’s a nice figure.
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